In-state rice planting intentions drop to 36-year low
Published: April 15,2013
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers expect to have more than one million acres in corn this year and about 120,000 acres in rice — the largest corn acreage in 53 years and a 36-year low for rice.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture planting survey shows Mississippi farmers plan to plant 1.95 million acres of soybeans, 1.05 million acres of corn, 270,000 acres of cotton and 120,000 acres of rice this year.
The soybean acreage is changed little from last year’s 1.97 million acres, but farmers are planning 230,000 acres more of corn.
Farm economist John Michael Riley says if it plans stand through the planting season, cotton acreage would be down 43 percent from last year and rice, though down only about 8 percent from last year, would be the lowest since 1977.
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